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Nashville CARES Promotes Gay Mens HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Nashville CARES Promotes Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (September 27, 2011) – In Middle Tennessee, gay men/men who have sex with men represent 52% percent of new HIV infections reported each year. That’s why Nashville CARES is urging awareness in Middle Tennessee on Tuesday, September 27, 2011.

On National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, communities across the nation take action in the fight against HIV/AIDS and raise awareness on the impact it has on gay men/men who have sex with men.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), more than 500,000 gay men/men who have sex with men in this country are living with HIV. In addition, one in five American gay men/men who have sex with men infected are unaware of their HIV status.

Every 20 minutes, a gay man/man who has sex with men tests positive for HIV in the United States. Nashville CARES urges gay men/men who have sex with men to get tested at their location. Early diagnosis of HIV allows for counseling and prompt treatment. HIV treatment prolongs life and reduces the risk of further HIV transmission.

Nashville CARES offers a wide range of services for men. Free confidential testing is available at 633 Thompson Lane, Nashville, TN 37204, Monday- Friday 8:00am to 6:30pm. CARES also offers educational and support programs that are specifically created for community members living with HIV. For more information about our programs please visit www.NashvilleCARES.org.

Nashville CARES relies on support from the local community to provide services to those living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. For more information about how you can help in the fight against HIV/AIDS please visit all (615) 259-4866.

About Nashville CARES: Nashville CARES is Tennessee’s largest HIV/AIDS organization. Each year, CARES educates 50,000 adults and youth to prevent new HIV infections, provides 12,000 HIV tests, and offers comprehensive support to 2,400 men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS.  All services are available without charge throughout 17 Middle Tennessee counties.